The next Writing Excellence Awards competition (for papers written during the 2022 calendar year) will open in January 2023.

Instructions for paper submissions

When you access the online submission form below, you will be prompted to submit a single PDF document containing each of the following items:

1) The Award Entry Form (will be updated for the 2023 competition)

2) The permission form for co-authored papers (if you are submitting a co-authored paper) (included in the attached entry form above)

Students who submit co-authored papers must obtain written permission from all of their co-authors. If you are submitting a co-authored paper, please download and complete the the permission form. If your co-author is not on campus, please attach an email; signifying consent from your co-author. In the event that a co-authored paper wins its category, all co-authors will share the credit, and prize money will be divided equally among them. 

3) Two versions of the paper: the original paper with the professor's comments and a clean copy with no comments. 

If your professor wrote comments electronically, then please attach the document as you received it from your professor. If your professor hand-wrote comments, then please scan the document and attach it. Scanners are available in Collins Library, Room 114, near the Learning Commons.

The next deadline for submission will be in January 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Amy Spivey at We look forward to receiving your excellent writing!